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Spain boss Luis Enrique to miss Euro qualifiers

Spain produced a second lacklustre performance in the space of four days in an unimpressive 0-2 win in Malta.
NYCFC and former Spain striker David Villa discusses Spain's early World Cup exit, the expectations for La Roja under Luis Enrique and more.

Spain announced on Friday that Luis Enrique will continue his leave of absence and not coach the national team in next month's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Faroe Islands and Sweden.

The former Barcelona coach has been away from the team since March 26 for "serious personal reasons."

His assistant, Robert Moreno, who guided Spain in their 2-0 win over Malta in their last game, will continue at the helm.

Spain sporting director Jose Francisco Molina said in Friday's news conference at the national...

Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas released from hospital after heart attack

Iker Casillas suffered a heart attack at training last week.

Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been discharged from hospital, five days after suffering a heart attack, the club announced on Monday afternoon.

The 37-year-old Casillas fell ill during a practice session last Wednesday and underwent a catheterization after being rushed to the hospital.

Casillas said Monday he doesn't know "what the future holds," and that the most important thing was to be standing there talking about himself.

"A few days ago I went through a difficult situation, something...

Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi Hernandez officially announces retirement

Xavi Hernandez spent the majority of his storied career at Barcelona.

Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi Hernandez has announced that he will retire from football after 21 years.

The Spanish national team veteran, who plays in Qatar for Al Sadd, confirmed in an open letter on Thursday that this will be his last season and that he will continue his career as a coach.

"It has been a privilege to play football up to age 39 and I would like to finish out the season on the top by winning the Amir Cup and reaching the next stage of the Asian Champions League. 

"This...

Porto goalkeeper Casillas suffers heart attack but is in stable condition

Iker Casillas, Porto
Iker Casillas suffered a heart attack after a Porto training session.

Spain's World Cup winning captain Iker Casillas suffered a heart attack while training with Portuguese club Porto on Wednesday, but later tweeted from hospital to say he was back to full strength.

Casillas, 37, played 167 times for Spain and famously captained them to their first ever World Cup win in 2010.

He also won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships with the national side and his exploits earned him the nickname "Saint Iker" as well as making him one of Spain's best-known personalities.

Porto...

Spain's Prime Minister offended by Guardiola's comments on country

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will fight to the very end to try and win the quadruple, but stressed how it would take a miracle to accomplish.
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu says the club is 'waiting for Xavi' to finish in Qatar before welcoming him back.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview that he wants Lionel Messi to remain linked to the club forever.
ESPN FC's Sid Lowe comes on the show to reveal the truth behind Barcelona's reported €300m fire sale this summer.

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said he is still "offended" by Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola's remarks that the country is an "authoritarian state and repressive."

Guardiola was actively involved in the political campaign for Catalan independence and referred to Spain as "authoritarian and repressive" during a rally in Barcelona in June 2017.

"Yes, of course," Sanchez said when asked by Marca if Guardiola's comments still bothered him. "I'm offended because what he said in that...